The concept behind the story was interesting and I wanted to like it, but it just didn't grab me.The episodic nature of the chapters wasn't for my tastes. Something would come up at the beginning of a chapter (usually a dangerous person or weapon who had never been mentioned before), it would be built up to be this huge obstacle that would be impossible to overcome, and by the end of the chapter it had been defeated with hardly any trouble. There was no real sense of danger because it became formulaic to the point of being humorous, an issue that could have been solved if any of those dangerous people/things had been mentioned at all before the chapter in which they were defeated.
It also had a very boring & predictable view of good & evil. There were too many characters who started to appear like they might have some depth, only to suddenly turn around with a "Nope, sorry, here's something cliche and SUPER evil!" The love story also felt much more juvenile than the rest of the story
Just about anyone. The author's voice didn't match Edwin's attitude at all, and many of his voices were painful (the majority of his female voices in particular were downright awful.) He also had very harsh "s" sounds that made half the characters sound like snakes. I think Alexis Denisof would have had a much better voice for this character.
I would say no. If someone was interested, I'd recommend the book first.
"Changes" set an incredibly high bar for future Dresden Files books to top. I'm not positive if "Skin Game" topped that bar, but if not it came damn close. You've got Denarians, you've got a badass new shapeshifter, you've got the return of an old ally, and you've got Harry with his back firmly against his wall. Fortunately, that's where he's at his best.
The heist angle gave this a very different feel from the rest of the series, and it worked even better than I was expecting. "Skin Game" has the same humor and tenseness that I've come to expect from the series. Once I started, I couldn't stop listening.
James Marsters is brilliant as usual. He really brings something special to these books and brings them to life in a way that makes me want to listen to them over and over again.
Lastly, because I laughed every time Harry yelled it: "Parkour!"
I haven't read the print edition, but the audio version is fantastic. Ray Porter does an amazing job with the narration. It's crazy how distinct his characters sound. Sometimes I had to remind myself that this wasn't a full cast recording.
The pacing. It's a definite roller coaster ride, and it's one of those books you don't want to put down. Maberry knows his stuff.
He does a great job all around, but his Joe Ledger is spot on. Not only does he have the necessary attitude for the role, but he sounds CREDIBLE as Ledger. Also a big fan of his Mr. Church.
I picked this up because I had heard Jonathan Maberry speak on a writing panel at Dragon*Con a few years ago and was impressed by how knowledgeable he was. That knowledge definitely translates onto the page. Patient Zero wasn't just a good book: it was a good experience. The combination of the quality writing and Ray Porter's narration makes this an audiobook I've recommended to several people.
This book had more memorable moments than The Rift Walker, but it also had a lot more filler. There were several chapters that could have been cut and you wouldn't have lost anything from the story as a whole. Some of the character motivations were... questionable to say the least and made me roll my eyes toward the end (***SPOILERALERT*** So you can instantly rid the world of all the murderous vampires in existence, unquestionably saving millions in the process, but you won't because you love the only good vampire alive? And you didn't even struggle with that decision? I'm all for love, but come on, greater good. ***ENDSPOILDERALERT***)
I mean... everything? He's very dynamic, has distinct voices for every character so you instantly know who's speaking, and really draws you into the story. Marsters continues to be my favorite audiobook narrator, bar none.
The ending may have felt a little contrived, but I still enjoyed both the book and the series as a whole. I thought most of the plotlines had good resolution, even though some characters deserved a better end (or death). A very good series overall, made even better by James Marsters's fantastic narration.
This was a solid continuation of the story that began in The Greyfriar. We get to see more of the world, and build on the characters that were established in the first book. Not as strong as the first, but still enjoyable. James Marsters again does a fantastic job with the narration.
James Marsters does an amazing job with the narration, so I would highly recommend the audio edition over the print version.
He has a dynamic voice that is always entertaining, and there is never any confusion as to which character he is voicing at a given time.
The world in which the story takes place is well developed and interesting. I liked the way vampires were handled in the story as well. It ended leaving me wanting the next book.
Report Inappropriate Content